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Philomela

1922 John Gregory Born: London, England 1879 Died: New York, New York 1958 Roman Bronze Works (Founder) bronze on a marble base figure: 12 x 9 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (30.5 x 23.2 x 8.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1984.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B


Luce Center Label

The large version of Philomela was commissioned by Payne Whitney, an avid sportsman and philanthropist, for a bird garden on his country estate in Long Island. It shows the mythological character Philomela crouching down while looking back over one shoulder. The serene pose and rich patina of the figure was meant to complement its setting, among the ten thousand rose bushes and countless other flowers of the Whitney garden.

Keywords

Fantasy - winged being

Figure female

Mythology - classical - Philomela

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

About John Gregory

Born: London, England 1879 Died: New York, New York 1958

About Roman Bronze Works

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